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Texas Homeowners Rate Community Association Experience as “Very Good” or “Good”

6/20/2018  -  Falls Church, VA


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​A new study examines trends in community association living, including in HOAs and condominiums, for Texans.

Community associations, commonly referred to as homeowners associations (HOAs), condominiums, and housing cooperatives, remain preferred places to call home for nearly 4 million Texans, according to the 2018 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey, conducted recently by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR). The nationwide survey also examines the community association housing model in Texas—where research shows the majority (66%) of Texans say their homeowners association rules protect and enhance their property values. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed expressed that neighbors elected to the governing board “absolutely" or “for the most part" serve the best interests of their communities.

Nationwide, 63 percent of surveyed homeowners and condominium association members live in single-family homes, followed by 17 percent who live in condominiums and 14 percent who live in townhomes. In most places, cleanliness/attractiveness, safety, and maintenance-free living are the main advantages of living in a community association. Maintaining property values is particularly important to Texas homeowners.

Community association residents in the data sample commented on other association benefits, including:

  • Nearly 73 percent of residents said their community managers provide value and support to residents and their associations
  • More than half (55%) percent of Texas homeowners and condominium association owners have, at some point, attended their community association board meetings—with an overwhelming majority (81%) reporting they are on friendly terms with their association board.
  • Two-thirds of Texas homeowners believe that associations should insist that all homeowners pay their assessments, and attorneys should be involved, if necessary, when homeowners are delinquent in paying their assessments.
  • Texas records some of the lowest assessments at $25–$50 per month. Nationwide, the most common monthly assessments are in the $100–$300 range, with condominium assessments slightly higher than homeowners association fees.
  • In addition, nearly half of respondents in Texas (48%) feel they are paying just the right amount in assessments.

“Texas is home to some of the nation's largest new home developments. And, with millions of Texans living in community associations, it's critical for us to understand how this population lives and works together," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas Skiba, CAE. “We know that Texans are passionate about their homes, and they want to live in clean, safe communities where amenities—such as swimming pools, nature trails, and dog parks—serve as examples for communities around the world. The most recent survey validates that most homeowners believe their boards are serving their communities, that their fees fall within a reasonable range, and that being a part of their community association enhances and protects their property values."

Today, 69 million Americans live in 342,000 common-interest communities, according to the 2016 National and State Statistical Review for Community Association Data. Next to Florida and California, Texas has more community associations than any other state in the U.S., according to the Community Associations Fact Book 2016, approximately 4 million Texans live in a community association. From city-sized, master-planned communities and multi-building condominium complexes to urban cooperatives and small homeowners associations built into small tracks of open suburban spaces, the new survey findings also show that homeowners want to see less—or at least not more—government oversight and control of community associations. Compared to the national average, Texans prefer less government controls (38%) compared to the national average (32%).

The Foundation conducted similar surveys in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Results can be accessed at foundation.caionline.org.  

Visit Community Associations Institute (CAI) – Texas or a complete list of state chapters

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About Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR)
The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) was founded in 1975. FCAR is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and conducts research and makes that information available to those involved in association development, governance, and management. FCAR provides authoritative research and analysis on community association trends, issues, and operations. Our mission is to inspire successful and sustainable communities. We sponsor needs-driven research that informs and enlightens all community association stakeholders—community association residents, homeowner volunteer leaders, community managers, and other professional service providers, legislators, regulators, and the media. Our work is made possible by your tax-deductible contributions. Your support is essential to our research. For more information, visit foundation.caionline.org.

About Community Associations Institute
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in 342,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 40,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 63 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in several other countries including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @caisocial.


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